Running parallel with the Thames, the historic Cheyne Walk has been home to famous faces from the worlds of music, politics, art and literature for almost 300 years. It has remained standing through fires, the Blitz and the plague and has garnered itself an unprecedented ten blue plaques. Nestled somewhere between Keith Richards city abode and Ken Folletts family home lives poet, film maker and photographer Amanda Eliasch.
The stunning socialite gives us the insider tips on the hottest spots in Chelsea
Eat like Amanda at The Ivy, where she enjoys people watching as well as the delicious food, and comments that it’s “full of glamour and everyone looks like they’ve had four hours of contouring”.
Drink like Amanda at The Saatchi Gallery which has “delicious coffee and enlightening art”. Artist Phillip Colbert was there recently, his work “large and dramatic” and described by fashion journalist Andre Leon Talley as “The Godson of Andy Warhol”.
Discover culture down an alternate side street where you’ll find Hans Sloane’s house; Sloane – an eminent physician – had his name given to many of the streets and places in Chelsea. Sloane was also a collector and bequeathed 71,000 items to the British nation.
Indulge your inner thespian at The Chelsea Theatre where Amanda put on her play ‘As I Like It’. “There is plenty going on to encourage young people to do new things in the Kings Road”.
Shop like Amanda at the Ad Hoc “full of colourful wigs, costumes, masks and glasses. It’s a great place to have a good conversation and a laugh”. Or if you’re a sucker for costume jewellery try Vicki Sargeon Elizabeth Street, it’s practically Chelsea and Amanda says she could “buy everything in the shop”.